Advisor Group Announces Plan to Simplify Business Structure Under One New Brand
Unified Platform, Technology Stack, Procedures and Financial Professional Support Model to Enhance the Financial Professional Experience and Reduce Complexity Without Need for Repapering Accounts
PHOENIX, April 26, 2023 — Advisor Group, one of the nation's largest independent wealth management firms, today announced it is moving its multi-brand network to a single, rebranded entity. The firm will unify the eight wealth management firms currently part of the Advisor Group network into one to reduce complexity for financial professionals and position them to take full advantage of the scale Advisor Group offers.
Later this year, Advisor Group will announce a new name and brand for the unified firm that is being reimagined to reflect the history and traditions of Advisor Group and pave the way for a bold new future for the firm. The firm has engaged Sullivan NYC, a New York-based branding agency that works with some of the world’s leading brands in financial services and technology, to help guide this branding and positioning effort. Each of the eight wealth management firms in the Advisor Group network will roll into the new brand, one at a time, over the next 18 to 24 months.
“Combining our multiple firms under a single brand will allow us to better serve our financial professionals by offering them access to the full breadth of community and expertise our scale provides without the complexities that multiple legal entities can impose” said Jamie Price, President & CEO Advisor Group. “Our current business model has been successful to date, but as the industry landscape continues to evolve, simultaneously maintaining a series of divergent brands no longer supports a best-in-class experience for our financial professionals or their clients.”
The firm continues to simplify its business structure through uniform and consistent policies, procedures, and technology solutions, in addition to expanding its value-add solutions and offerings.
“For financial professionals in the Advisor Group network, this is going to significantly elevate our experience with the firm,” said Debra Brennan-Tagg, President BFS Advisory Group and Chair of the National Advisory Board for Advisor Group. “Having the firm singularly focused on our growth and our experience will allow us to partner more easily with them to realize and leverage all of the benefits Advisor Group has the potential to provide.”
Over the past several years, Advisor Group has grown to serve more than 11,000 independent financial professionals across eight separate firms – American Portfolios, FSC Securities, Infinex Investments, Royal Alliance Associates, SagePoint Financial, Securities America, Triad Advisors, and Woodbury Financial Services.
A well-crafted plan has been implemented to ensure a smooth transition of financial professionals’ businesses, with an emphasis on eliminating the need for repapering accounts and maintaining relationships and communities that have been cultivated over time.
“This is not a repapering event. Because the firms are already part of Advisor Group, we can significantly simplify the financial professional and client transitions by eliminating the complexities that occur in a normal transition,” said Mr. Price. “Moving into one firm is about making it easier for our financial professionals to conduct business and giving them more value through their connection to each other and to our home office. Our goal is to facilitate the most seamless transition possible that will ultimately benefit their businesses.”
For accounts held with the firms including brokerage, direct choice, Wealth Management Platform, and direct business, clients will not need to sign any new paperwork and their account numbers will not change. Accounts held away with some third-party money managers, including TAMPS, will need to follow the procedures of the third parties to transfer, however, Advisor Group is leveraging its partnership with those parties to work toward a seamless transition.
Multiple Benefits for Financial Professionals
The firm’s decision to simplify its business structure and operate under one brand closely follows its organizational realignment, completed in the first quarter of this year, into three channels that each serve a specific business model for financial advisors.
“Financial professionals across our Independent, RIA Solutions and Institutions channels have different needs, and our new structure will allow us to most effectively serve each of them, and to grow our affiliation models over time,” said Greg Cornick President, Advice and Wealth Management, Advisor Group. “Our new structure will enable us to invest more into resources and technologies that provide financial professionals with a truly personalized and differentiated experience. This move reflects our commitment to provide solutions for our financial professionals that are tailored to who they are, and the way they do business.”
The firm’s financial professionals will reap multiple benefits from reduced corporate, brand, and operational complexity, including:
- Acquisition, succession, and business continuity planning across the firm’s 11,000 financial professionals will become a more seamless experience with no repapering
- An improved experience with unified service and support teams
- Consistent best-in-class regulatory and compliance policies
- Innovative technology solutions delivered through a common tech stack unencumbered by legacy systems
- Streamlined operations that results in more efficient procedures
- Enriched peer-to-peer sharing, conversations, and networking without artificial barriers.
Mr. Price concluded, “Creating a single entity will enhance the entire business growth journey for financial professionals affiliated with our firm. For new recruits, it will streamline the recruitment, affiliation, and account transfer process. During a financial professional’s growth years, it will enable us to deliver consistently high-quality business building resources and support, which includes dedicating our resources and support to a more personalized approach aligned to the advisor’s business model. And when the time comes to retire, we’ve removed barriers so a financial professional can sell a practice to an expanded pool of potential internal buyers. This is an exciting time for us at Advisor Group as we focus on what makes the firm special and harmonize that across the entire organization to the benefit of all the professionals we support.”
Advisor Group also reported that further details about its new brand will be announced in May at its upcoming NXT Conference, a future-focused, three-day conference designed for forward-thinking financial professionals. The May 23-25 event in Louisville, Kentucky is open to credentialed media, and more information on the conference can be found here.
About Advisor Group
Advisor Group, Inc., a portfolio company of Reverence Capital Partners, is the nation's largest network of independent wealth management firms, serving approximately 11,000 financial professionals. The firm is mission-driven to support the strategic role that financial professionals can play in the lives of their clients. Cultivating a spirit of entrepreneurship and independence, Advisor Group champions the enduring value of financial professionals. For more information visit https://www.advisorgroup.com.
Securities and investment advisory services are offered through the firms: FSC Securities Corporation, Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., SagePoint Financial, Inc., Triad Advisors, LLC, Infinex Investments, Inc., and Woodbury Financial Services, Inc., broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, and members of FINRA and SIPC. Securities are offered through Securities America, Inc., American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc., and Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., broker-dealers and member of FINRA and SIPC. Advisory services are offered through Arbor Point Advisors, LLC, American Portfolios Advisors, Inc., Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management, Inc., Securities America Advisors, Inc., and Triad Hybrid Solutions, LLC, registered investment advisers. Advisory programs offered by FSC Securities Corporation, Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., SagePoint Financial, Inc., Securities America Advisors, Inc., Triad Advisors, LLC., and Woodbury Financial Services, Inc., are sponsored by VISION2020 Wealth Management Corp., an affiliated registered investment adviser.
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